|My Terry bicycle (engineered especially for shorter women)|
This was supposed to be my R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) post, but I took off cycling instead of organizing my books for the challenge. My apologies to Carl V. for messing with his book challenge title. *blushes*
I will be participating in R.I.P. VII this year. In fact, I have already read one book and am in the process of reading a second that I do believe will end up qualifying for this challenge. I have quite a stack of R.I.P. contenders stacked up, as do most participants.
But ... back to the bike. The morning was just too lovely to stay indoors so I went cycling. I'm usually out running, but decided to build up some leg muscles that just don't get the attention they need from running. I was reminded of these currently wimpy muscles when I rode up my first hill. They yelled at me the whole way; they will thank me later.
I rode about 10 miles and it was easier than I had anticipated after such a long time off the bike (probably due to the running). Since it was a Sunday, I didn't have to contend with traffic on my route. I'm hoping I can take this route on Fridays to commute to work on my bike. It would be nice to combine commute time with exercise time.
I've been considering joining the Adventure Cycling Association. Anyone else out there belong? This would be a great way to find out about cycling events, cycling tours, and bike friendly routes across the U.S. The nine times a year Adventure Cyclist magazine that comes with membership would also be motivating.
I used to ride regularly with my husband and our vacations often involved such fun as riding in the Rocky Mountains and around California wine country. Grad school, careers, kids, grandkids and other things took precedence for years. Now I'm hearing the call of the bike again. Can you tell I've missed riding?